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Welcome to Penn Global Alumni and Alumni Clubs

With over 25,000 alumni living outside the United States, the University of Pennsylvania truly has a global presence in just about any community in the world.  Moreover, Penn Alumni can be found leading organizations of every type all over the globe ranging from large corporations, to government offices, and small local associations.  Penn alumni are using their education and experience to make a difference in their home country and beyond.  Penn’s alumni pride also can be found around the world as exhibited by the many volunteer leaders who work diligently to serve Penn as alumni interviewers, club leaders, and local ambassadors.

In Penn’s diverse community of engaged citizens, Penn’s Regional Clubs include over 120 clubs around the world offering alumni the chance to reconnect, to attend lively events and to get involved in collaborative initiatives that impact people and communities.  Club activities range in size and topics, from discussions featuring Penn Integrates Knowledge faculty members at Engaging Minds programs to intimate salon-style conversations, from celebratory happy hours to Penn sports viewing parties and from community and neighborhood service projects to group trips in the great outdoors. Penn Alumni Regional Clubs are charged with providing alumni with a variety of ways to connect to Penn from their own backyard.  Events are sponsored and organized in large part by Penn Alumni volunteers and leaders.

For a listing of current Penn Clubs and School specific clubs around the world, please visit the Alumni and Alumni Club section of the Global Activity Map

Alumni Making a Global Impact

  • Name:  Amanda Bradford

    Country:  United Arab Emirates

    Current Global Engagement:  Upon graduating from Penn's School of Arts & Sciences in 1999, I found myself drawn toward the nonprofit sector in Philadelphia where I felt I could make a difference. While many of my classmates headed to Wall Street, I was busy working in nonprofit consulting and development, while volunteering at a community center for recent immigrants. It was here that I developed a passion for teaching and working with non-native speakers of English. I then went on to pursue an M.A. TESOL degree from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and served in the Peace Corps in Mozambique where I taught English at a tiny pedagogical university. Having developed my Portuguese there, I was then pleased to accept a fellowship with the State Department in Brazil where I trained English teachers in the Amazon Region and developed my language skills. My commitment to education remains unwavering to this day and I'm now on the faculty of a federal university in Abu Dhabi in the Middle East. Though physically far from Penn, I serve as an alumni interviewer as a way to give back to the university and provide guidance to young people at an important crossroads in their life.

Q & A

  1. What book would you recommend to others?
    • Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle, by Daniel L. Everett.
  2. What is your fondest memory of Penn?
    • The History of the Third Reich with Professor Thomas Childers, and The History of Ancient Rome with Professor Brent Shaw. I really got lost in both classes and thoroughly enjoyed learning from such fantastic teachers.
  3. What is the one thing that all visitors in your city must do, or see?
    • Visit the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, especially around sunset. You also shouldn't miss the Liwa desert a few hours outside the city: endless rolling sand dunes and camels wandering among them. A spectacular sight.
  4. Looking back, what advice would you now want to give to yourself while you were at Penn?
    • You don't have to decide what you are going to do for the rest of your life upon graduation. Just make a plan for a few years afterwards, and take it from there. Don't' stress, you will find your way. Keep enjoying this time and keep learning as much as you can.
  5. What have you done or are doing now that you believe have the most impact?
    • Working one-on-one with students from cultures around the world. Helping them learn and grow in their understanding of themselves and of the world. As long as I am in the classroom, I know I am having a direct, tangible impact in the lives of others. I am grateful to have found a profession where I believe I can make a difference on a daily basis.
  6. Who inspires you?
    • People who are not afraid to go against the grain and people who commit their lives to helping others. If I were to choose an individual, it would be the director of the university where I taught in Mozambique. He has dedicated his life to the education of others in a place that many westerners are wary to go: a forgotten corner of Africa. As a result of his unwavering commitment, he has built a university from the ground up, providing greatly underserved Mozambicans with the opportunity at higher education. He's been there for nearly two decades now, having emigrated from Italy, and continuously gives of himself humbly and with an open heart.
  7. What is your favorite Penn tradition?
    • Penn Relays was always an exciting time in Philadelphia and at Penn. I always enjoyed eating jerk chicken while watching the Jamaican sprinters zoom their way to victory around Franklin Field.
  8. What was your favorite class and/or professor?
    • The Third Reich - Professor Thomas Childers. I wasn't a history major and had no interest in Nazi Germany but I was told by friends that I had to take the class. So glad I listened because it was an incredible class. I never missed a lecture and found myself utterly transported by the content and the way Dr. Childers presented the material. I have even saved my handwritten lecture notes to this day, and also haven't had the heart to toss out the old "bulk pack" of additional readings either.
  9. What student groups did you participate in when you were at Penn?
    • Penn Women's squash team and FLASH.
  10. Where did you hangout off campus?
    • Billybob's after a late night out in West Philly always hit the spot; hitting concerts at the Troc, First Unitarian Church, and the TLA.
  11. When you travel do you prefer window or aisle?
    • Window. There's so much of the world to see!
  • Global Activity Map
  • Global Activity Map
  • An interactive map that showcases global opportunities for students, global activities of faculty, and the global reach of our alumni.

Penn Alumni Travel

Penn Alumni Travel offers a wide variety of tours to destinations around the world. Trips provide a rich travel experience thanks to their educational character, unique access to special lectures with Penn faculty, and the camaraderie of like-minded intellectually curious travelers. To find out more, please visit the Penn Alumni Travel site.